Heart of the Fae
by Emma Hamm
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Otherworld - Book 1
Publication Date: November 26, 2017
Publisher: Emma Hamm
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
Print Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon
Beauty and the Beast and Irish Mythology mix in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale!
Once upon a time…
A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne.
Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools.
With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne.
This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart.
Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm (The Otherworld, #1)
We never outgrow fairytales. There’s nothing better than believing in the fantastic, in the impossible, and especially believing in a love that can conquer all, even if it’s only for a few hours.
Emma Hamm’s HEART OF THE FAE is one of those love stories and like all great fairytales, it began, once upon a time…
When a plague ravages Sorcha’s land, as a healer and midwife, Sorcha will do anything to save her people and her family from certain death. She strikes a bargain with a powerful dark Fae with her own agenda and that will send her on a journey to a cursed island that few humans will ever see, a land that holds magic and a scorned, young Fae prince. Eamonn is the rightful heir to the Seeley throne, betrayed by his twin brother, abandoned by his family and cursed with a disfigurement that makes touch near impossible, he keeps his distance from his subjects, and is slowly losing his hope, his trust in the world and believes he is the monster he has been turned into.
In spite of Eamonn’s attempts to assure that Sorcha knows she is not welcome, her inner strength, determination and kind heart reaches beyond his hardened shell and plucks at the fading strings of hope, justice and love in his heart.
Emma Hamm has created a special grown-up version of Beauty and the Beast, filled with painful memories, secret dreams and the need we all have for help and support from those we trust. Time is running out for Sorcha to save her family and her people, but first she must save Eamonn from himself and the curse he never deserved, because sometimes, all you need is one special person to believe in you.
Beautiful details make picturing the creatures of this cursed island, the lands they live on and even the hag’s cottage come to life, reminiscent of so many fairytales that we have grown to love. Emma Hamm has created her own special magic for us to believe in, in a land far, far away that can be as amazing as it is special. I read this twice, that's how good it is!
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC edition from Emma Hamm.